At first, Rapunzel Untangled was a light, fun book about a girl who has an immunodeficiency diso...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review ARC from author
At first, Rapunzel Untangled was a light, fun book about a girl who has an immunodeficiency disorder. She is not allowed to leave her rooms and only her mother can visit, because Rapunzel is immune to her mother's germs. One day, Rapunzel creates a Facebook account without her mother's knowledge and looks at kids who attend the local high school. Rapunzel has never met anybody besides her mother. She picks the kid who looks the most interesting. Fane is a normal high school boy and is intrigued when he meets Rapunzel online under the alias RG.
Like I said, it started out as a cute light book. But as the story went on it got darker. Witchcraft and demons became involved and it was kinda creepy. But over all I loved the story. Rapunzel loves her mother, even after she discovers what her mother did. Even though she's horrified by what happened, she still loves this broken woman who raised her. That really touched my heart.
Fane and Rapunzel's relationship is SOOOO adorable. They are amazing together! I can't express how much I love them as a couple :)
If you love fairytale retellings, you should read Rapunzel Untangled. If you love overbearing mothers, you should read Rapunzel Untangled. Pretty much, if you can read, you should read Rapunzel Untangled. (less)
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I fell in love with Ryan Stone from the beginning. He's a complete gentleman: he has manners...moreARC received via Netgalley. Original review on Gabic Reads
I fell in love with Ryan Stone from the beginning. He's a complete gentleman: he has manners, respect for authority, and always tries to do what's right. Ryan is passionate for the things and people he loves and is extremely loyal. Yet, he also has his flaws.
I adore Beth and Ryan as a couple. Beth is strong and independent, yet broken and scared.Everybody she loves has betrayed her, so she's erected these walls around her heart that nobody can break pass. Until Ryan comes along.
Beth struggle to overcome her co-dependency towards her mother is extremely tough. She knows that if anybody finds out about her mom, she'll be thrown in the foster care system. And who knows what could happen after that. Nobody wants a seventeen year old kid from the system. So she protects her mom at all costs. Even though her mother and her mom's boyfriend abuse her.
Scott, Beth's uncle was her caretaker from the time she was little. Even though he was only twelve at the time. When Beth was six, he promised to return within a year with lots of money they could use to start a better life. Then he never returned.
Watching Beth and Ryan struggle in not only their relationship with each other but also with their families was inspiring. Neither has the best home life, although their lives are worlds apart. Everybody should definitely grab a copy when it is released in May. AND I really hope that Katie writes a book about Luke! I know she's giving Isaiah a story, but I was intrigued by Luke the moment I read about him, and he deserves a story.(less)
I loved it! Once again, we see Alex stubborn side, but we also get see her vulnerable side a little more. We also get to...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
I loved it! Once again, we see Alex stubborn side, but we also get see her vulnerable side a little more. We also get to see Seth's soft side as he helps her through the terrors she's recently encountered. Aidan is still sexy as ever, although we do see several different sides of him. I can't wait for Deity ((less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from Netgalley -- Thank you!!
Before I actually talk about the book, I have to put this out there....moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from Netgalley -- Thank you!!
Before I actually talk about the book, I have to put this out there. I absolutely ADORE this cover. It's so pretty and breathtaking. Sigh.
This book is full of twists and turns, right from the start. I did not see that opening scene coming O.O I also liked that both Nathan's and Maryah's POVs were included. Nathan's innner struggle to accept that the love his his lives doesn't remember those lives, or even who he is. So he ends up making things worse as he acts out in anger against her, and she despises him now.
I loved all the Kindrily members, including Dakota, even though he's not an actual member. Harmony struggles because her mate is missing, captured by the enemy. The whole "family" is so close, it's wonderful. They will do anything to protect each other.
I generally don't like reincarnation books because they get too confusing for me, but I have to say, Grasping at Eternity is a wonderful book for anyone to read, whether you like readina bout reincarnation or not!(less)
Finishing Allegiant was very bittersweet in more ways than one. I heard about Divergent before it came out and picked u...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads.
Finishing Allegiant was very bittersweet in more ways than one. I heard about Divergent before it came out and picked up a copy the week it came out. I immediately fell in love with Tris and the world she lives in. I told all my friends about it and said that it was even better than The Hunger Games, which was pretty much blasphemy as we all love that trilogy. But soon they picked it up and agreed wholeheartedly with me. So I waited a year for Insurgent and read that, too, the week it came out. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't as amazing as Divergent but it was still good nonetheless. I was a little nervous about how Allegiant would turn out, but I didn't have to be. It turned out to be an amazing ending to a stunning series by and astounding author.
The characters feel real, like their my own friends and family. Christine is a bad ass with a kind heart and witty mouth. Uriah is the resident jokester and alcoholic. Caleb's betrayal hurts like hell as if he betrayed not just Tris, but me too. I only wish we could have seen Evelyn more. But even the little amount we saw of her gave depth to her character. She went from this evil dictator to this lady who missed her son to an abused woman standing up to her abuser. She had plenty of depth and I even ended up liking her, which I didn't think was possible. I was a little bothered by the fact that whenever Tris and Four where together they always seemed to be making out. It was like they never talked about their problems.
You might be hearing about all the bad reviews of Allegiant, but all the ones I've seen have been complaining about the ending. I loved the ending. (view spoiler)[I felt that it was something Tris would do. I was surprised that she was actually going to let Caleb die for this cause. That's not something she would do. She is the one who always puts the lives of those she loves above her own. So when she said she was the one one who going to face the death serum, I knew that she was going to die. But it felt right. She gave her life for her brother. For Christina. For Tobias. Honestly, I cried the last 30 pages of the book. Veronica Roth did an amazing job with the ending and it left me wanting more from this world, from Tris and Tobias, but knowing that I won't have that because of this very final ending. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Ricochet Blog Tour.
K.B. Ritchie did an amazing job of developing Lily's character in Ricochet. I felt he...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads as part of the Ricochet Blog Tour.
K.B. Ritchie did an amazing job of developing Lily's character in Ricochet. I felt her angst and tension. I felt her love and her distraught. I felt her accomplishment and her struggles. A lot of things about Lily's personality came out that weren't so obvious in Addicted to You.
Ryke's character was also a lot more prevalent, as Loren was not involved in the book much. I'm not quite sure how I feel about him yet. He's a jerk to Lily, but I think most of that is because he's trying to protect his brother.
Rose and Connor's relationship was also brought into more detail. I love those two's relationship and I can't wait to read their book Kiss the Sky. They seem like a fun witty couple that also loves each other deeply. I loved the banter between the two, what little is included in Ricochet, so I can't imagine how much fun I'll have with Kiss the Sky.
Ricochet is a stunning (companion to the) sequel in the Addicted series! I can't wait to see what the twins have in store for us next!(less)
This book was amazing. Not only do we learn what happens after Scarlet dies, but we also get to see how the curse came t...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
This book was amazing. Not only do we learn what happens after Scarlet dies, but we also get to see how the curse came to be. Everything from Tristan and Scarlet's first encounter to Scarlet and Gabriel's wedding day. I loved walking with Scarlet on her journey to break the curse and to remember, not only the fountain of youth, but who she was. I love all the things we learn about her through her journey. I've always been Team Tristan and now I'm also supporting a Heather/Gabriel relationship. Heather, as always, is a fun character to get to know, as is Nate(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author -- Thank you!
AM is an outcast at Central College. The only reason she goes on campus...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy received from author -- Thank you!
AM is an outcast at Central College. The only reason she goes on campus is for classes. So when she's paired with Bo, the hunky Marine she's been crushing on for awhile, she doesn't know how she'll make it through the semester.
I liked this book because it wasn't insta-love. Bo and AM try to deny and ignore their attraction for awhile. I also love how AM blooms over the course of the story. She goes from this anti-social college girl to a confident young woman in love.
I adore books about soldiers. Especially ones like the Woodlands books. I can't wait to see what's in store for the other Woodlands boys. And Grace's cousin. :)(less)
I was reading some other reviews on this book after I finished and they claimed it was a love triangle of a different so...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
I was reading some other reviews on this book after I finished and they claimed it was a love triangle of a different sort. Which will win: Grace's love for her brother or her love for Daniel. I totally agree with this. It's interesting to see Grace torn between her brother and her boyfriend. I was drawn in from the very beginning and I can't wait to read the sequel.(less)
Sounds like an interesting book, right? I'm kinda a sucker for "good girl virgin falls for bad boy player" books. And that's what this book was. But this one bugged me.
Rainy Dey is a control freak who runs away from everything. She gets mad at her boyfriend so she doesn't give him a chance to explain. Just runs off crying. Then a day or two later Aaron will come around begging for her to take him back, promising that her won't let something like that happen again. And she immediately takes him back and starts making out with him. I feel bad for Aaron who's on the receiving end of this madness. But I don't understand why he keeps crawling back.
At the beginning, Rainy is very assertive about boundaries. Aaron has to ask permission to hold her hand. Okay fine, I understand that as her best friend was molested. So, she goes on to tell him that she has to trust him before they have sex and she doesn't thinks she's ready. But then, she falls into bed with him a few days later. Seriously? Do you have no self-respect? She got on my nerves so much!
There a couple of back-stories that were introduced but then never brought up again. For example, Rainy's best friend being molested by her step-father. Or the fact that Mrs. Dey died of cancer and Rainy was her main caretaker and her father had to work to pay for the medical bills.(less)
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. Goddess Interrupted left me disliking Kate. And I still dislike Kate. It...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
I wasn't sure how I would feel about this book. Goddess Interrupted left me disliking Kate. And I still dislike Kate. It seems like she always complaining, never doing anything. She fears going against her family's wishes even if she knows she would be doing the right thing. She also never pulled through with anything. She would threaten to do something and never actually do it even if her demands weren't met. She doesn't have any backbone.
There were three reasons I started reading and actually finished this book: Henry, his and Kate's child, and Ava. Henry is so loving, supportive, protective, and troubled. I've enjoyed him from the start. The end of Goddess Interrupted just about killed me, hearing that Kate was pregnant. I had to pick up The Goddess Inhereitance just to see what happened. Ava has been put into a difficult situation. Especially by her father, Walter. She must betray Kate not only to protect her husband from Calliope but because Walter has demanded she pretend to help Calliope to gain information. But part of pretending means Kate thinks she actually betrays her. I wish I could read Ava's POV.
The Goddess Inheritance was good but not very memorable.(less)
Original review at Gabic Reads. Review copy from Netgalley -- Thank you!!
Ally Carter has written another amazing book! It's a cross-over between Galla...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads. Review copy from Netgalley -- Thank you!!
Ally Carter has written another amazing book! It's a cross-over between Gallagher Girls and Heist Society, the very thing everybody has been waiting for! The main characters, though, are not our two favorite kick-butt heroines, but two of our favorite sidekicks. Macey and Hale are no strangers to high society events. Both of them hide behind their masks and nobody ever suspects that they are not the spoiled rich they appear to be. That is, until they meet each other. When the party they're attending is taken hostage, they must race against time to save the guests without compromising their covers.
Ally does an amazing job of infusing humor into serious situation in her books. When I'm looking for a laugh, I pick up one of her books. Double Crossed does not disappoint. I don't know about you, but I love it in the Heist series when they talk about all the different scams they could run. Double Crossed has that, too.
This is an amazing novella for fans of Gallagher Girls and Heist Society. Or even if you're looking for an introduction to either series, this is a great way to jump in!(less)
Defiance is about a fierce girl and her protector. Rachel's father has been declared dead after failing to return home a...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
Defiance is about a fierce girl and her protector. Rachel's father has been declared dead after failing to return home after a courier mission. Her father's apprentice, Logan, is named her Protector. The same Logan she declared her love for two years earlier. The same Logan who said romance wasn't an option.
Rachel and Logan both deny their attraction to each other, making up excuses for their feelings. But as the story develops, they admit their feeling first to themselves, then to each other. Logan was amazing. Rachel continually pushes him away, not able to see how he can love the person she's become since her father's death. A murderer. A traitor. A Shell of a person. Someone so broken, she believes she has no salvation, that the only option is revenge. Logan sticks with her and continues to love and care for her.
The best part of Defiance was the development of both characters. They both go from essentially care-free to broken people whose lives have been shattered by the Commander. But they learn to overcome life's difficulties. The emerge from tragedy new people carrying the huge burdens of what they've done, but whole nonetheless. I can;t wait to see how they take charge in the next book.
The villian was well written. The Commander is drunk on power and willing to destroy anyone in his way. On his way to defeat the Cursed One, a flame-breathing creature that torments the city, he tramples the very people he is going to 'save.'
I couldn't put Defiance down. It's a must read. (less)
Point of Retreat was the most butterflying bemazing sequel to Slammed. It was heart-wrenching and funny. Will's POV was great. Va...moreReview at Gabic Reads
Point of Retreat was the most butterflying bemazing sequel to Slammed. It was heart-wrenching and funny. Will's POV was great. Vaughn shows up and Lake starts to question her relationship with Will. It would have been nice to throw in a scene with Vaughn at the end but the ending was amazing without it. Colleen Hoover is excellent author with beautiful imagery. And we get to see more slams. That made everything perfect.(less)
Celaena has had a hard life. Orphaned at age eight. Trained to be an assassin and pitted against those her age. Betrayed...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
Celaena has had a hard life. Orphaned at age eight. Trained to be an assassin and pitted against those her age. Betrayed by Ansel. Beat by Arobynn. It's nice to see her begin to let her walls down with Sam. I'm looking forward to more development of their relationship. Sam is awesome. Arobynn is a possessive, controlling creep. Obsessing over a girl who's half your age? That's really creepy. He does make the perfect villian, though. In this book, we we're getting a peek at Celaena's softer side rather than her hard exterior.(less)
Celaena actually makes a friend. Which seemed impossible in the first novella because of her superiority and selfishness...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
Celaena actually makes a friend. Which seemed impossible in the first novella because of her superiority and selfishness. She's also struggling to understand her feelings for Sam. But what happened to Sam? All Celaena knows is that Arobynn forced Sam to watch as she was beaten into unconsciousness and she hasn't seen or heard from him since. Now she's a month's journey away, in the fortress of the Silent Assassins to train with the Mute Master. Betrayal is coming, but from who?(less)
Echo's character and backstory were amazing and intriguing. And Noah was sweet and caring and awesome. Everything was gr...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
Echo's character and backstory were amazing and intriguing. And Noah was sweet and caring and awesome. Everything was great: every character's back-story; their personalities; their relationships. And Noah's little siblings are adorable. Echo and Noah make a great couple. I can't wait to read Beth's story in Dare You To!!(less)
You know that saying you're mom used to tell you when you were being slef-centered. The world doesn't revolve around you...moreOriginal review on Gabic Reads
You know that saying you're mom used to tell you when you were being slef-centered. The world doesn't revolve around you. That applies to everybody. Everybody except for Ellie Johnson. The world does revolve around Ellie. Her mother and boyfriends seemingly the only people who haven't received the memo. Even when her boyfriends cheat on her, the girls that they cheated with are kind enough to inform her of their unfaithfulness.So it's not suprising that when Gunner sees Ellie, he immediately falls in love. This book had MAJOR insta-love. And usually I can kind of overlook that factor if it was spread out a little more and if it wasn't rubbed in my face. I was constatnly reminded that they had only met yesterday. And Gunner is already thinking about marriage, kids, and growing old together. Seriously, let's get a hold of ourselves.
It's not that I don't like these kinds of books. I love The Boy who Sneaks in my Bedroom Window (Kirsty Moseley), Reason to Breathe (Rebecca Donovan), Heart on a Chain (Cindy Bennett), and many more like them. But I wasn't convinced that Ellie was this broken girl like we were told by the author. She didn't seem like a girl broken by her mother's verbal abuse and made to think that no one will ever want her. She readily accepts Gunner and immediately falls in love, allowing him into her world instantly. Any time she would think of resisting her attraction to him, it seemed forced like the author had remembered "Oh, yeah. She's convinced that no one will ever want her and has sworn off relationships and boys."
Ellie and her best friend Ari are always described as yelling. Who yells everything? And everybody calls each other by these ridiculously sweet nicknames. All the sweets, honeys, and sweethearts made me want to puke form the sugar overdose.
As you can see, this wasn't exactly my style of book. But maybe you'll like. Be sure to link me up to your review :)(less)
Amazingly beautiful. That doesn't even begin to describe Anomaly. It is well written with tons of twists and turns that I was not expecting. Just as everything was becoming nice and neat, Krista would throw in something to keep me on my toes. I couldn't have been happier.
Thalli is a musician. That's what she's been designed by the Scientists to do. But what they didn't program into her is feelings, and that's exactly hat she has. You see, Thalli lives in a world were pretty much everybody is the same. The only difference between one person to the next is the job they were designed to do.
One day, Thalli is caught crying after playing a piece on the piano and she's taken away for annihilation. There she is reunited with childhood friend, Berk, who is training to be a Scientist. Thalli also meets an old man named John. John becomes a father figure to a girl who knows nothing of families as babies are all made in test tubes. He introduces her to God, or the Designer as John calls him. John also shows Thalli love.
This is just leaving me speechless! Thalli and Berk's reationship was perfect for the post-apocalypic world they live in. Neither of them knows anything about love or relationships, so obviously they don't have much of a physical relationship. If you're looking for a hot romance, you aren't going to find that in Anomaly. Their love is obvious though and so very sweet.
There was so much action! Not fighting type of action, but there always seemed to be some sort of danger or some puzzle I needed to solve and I loved every minute of it! I don't know what to make of the Scientists. At first they were evil, then they were good, then evil again. And that ending! I hope Krista is planning on a sequel! (less)
I loved both Maddy and Jacks. Maddy is stubborn and smart, but she's always felt like she didn't quite fit in. She has v...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
I loved both Maddy and Jacks. Maddy is stubborn and smart, but she's always felt like she didn't quite fit in. She has visions and she always thought they meant nothing. But one comes true and she doesn't know what to think of it. Jacks both loves and hates the spotlight. He wishes he could one place where there aren't cameras snapping his picture or girls screaming his name. It was interesting getting to see into both their heads. And I will definitely be picking up the next book, which unfortunately has not title or tentative release date. sigh...(less)
There is so much to say about this book. I loved Katy's fierceness and innocence. I also loved Daemon, with his hard ex...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
There is so much to say about this book. I loved Katy's fierceness and innocence. I also loved Daemon, with his hard exterior that nobody can crack. Katy pretty much sums it up: "Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys." But as much as I loved infuriating Daemon, I loved sweet, caring, broken Daemon better. Those moments when he would drop his walls and let Katy in were the best in the book. The character development was amazing. I do hope we get to see more of Katy's mom in the second book, Onyx (August 14, 2012). (less)
The only reason I finished this book was to see where Jude and Lucy's relationship ended up. I was kinda hoping they pe...moreOriginal review at Gabic Reads
The only reason I finished this book was to see where Jude and Lucy's relationship ended up. I was kinda hoping they permanently broke it off. This time I was more convinced of Jude's love. Lucy acts like an insecure little girl. She doesn't trust Jude about anything. She keeps walking away, coming back, realizing she can't live without Jude, telling him she needs more time, and then leaving again, breaking his heart. She expects him to be the only one to change and put effort into the relationship. Once again, the writing style had an easy flow. It kept me reading long after I was beat some sense into the characters. I really wish there were more dancing scenes. You're told as a reader that Lucy is this amazing dancer, but there were only two or three scenes were she was dancing. I don't recommend this book. (less)
Original review on Gabic Reads Review copy received from Netgalley --Thanks you
Sophie is spunky. I thoroughly enjoyed her straightforwardness and sarc...moreOriginal review on Gabic Reads Review copy received from Netgalley --Thanks you
Sophie is spunky. I thoroughly enjoyed her straightforwardness and sarcastic humor. She kept everything light, fun, and entertaining. Sophie is also really plucky and tries to take everything in stride. She's extremely brave and very protective of those she loves, particularly her best friends Theo and Hannah. Sophie learns that she is Persephone, but Persephone is not her. She's her own person, a human, with a different personality than Persephone the goddess had. She struggles to accept her power and identity while recovering Persephone's memories.
Theo is Prometheus. Yep, the very same Titan that gave fire to humans. He also happens to be Sophie's gay best friend. He is supportive but secretive. Theo kept a lot of things from Sophie that were important.
Hannah, oh, Hannah. She's a science geek. A science geek that looks like a Swedish model. She's the perfect best friend for Sophie. She, like Sophie, is sarcastic, but she's more logical. I loved her random comments about animals and food chains.
Kai is the son of Hades and the love of Persephone's life. Sophie and Kai don't recognize each other when they first meet, but their kiss is what unlocks some of Persephone's memories. The romance between the two doesn't feel forced or rushed. It was perfect, with both of them struggling to accept that Sophie is/isn't Persephone.
My Ex From Hell is an entertaining action/romantic comedy book. Be sure to grab a copy when it hits shelves on Monday!
Thanks to Netgalley and Te Da Media for the ARC.(less)